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Nichole Michele | Life, Health & Fitness by Design - Part 17

Insanity Series


Here are some insanely tough workouts to add into your rotation! Not only are they challenging, but they will leave you drenching in sweat. Make the commitment to yourself to complete the program and you will experience amazing results. Trust me, you will be glad you did. Continue reading

Body Beast


TRANSFORM Your Body in 90 Days!

For the next 90 days of Body Beast, you need to do just 2 things
1. Follow Your Body Beast Workout Calendar. You’ll do a different workout every day—less than an hour a day—6 days a week. Every workout is designed to take you one visible step closer to the total body transformation you’ll see by Day 90 using Dynamic Set Training.
2. Follow Your Body Beast Eating Plan. No stress. No guesswork. We’ve done the research for you, so all you have to to…is eat. And this is no starvation diet. You have to feed your body right if you want to burn fat and build lean muscle. Continue reading

Add Variety to your Vegetarian Diet


When you’re planning a healthy vegetarian diet, you’re only limited by your imagination. It’s important to incorporate a wide variety of whole grains, legumes, vegetables and fruits in different meals, including seeds and nuts. Variety is the spice of life, and it will help ensure your vegetarian diet is nutrient-dense, interesting, and fun! Aim for variety, even when you serve favorite entrees over and over again, by serving different side dishes, snacks and desserts.

Be creative in planning meals. Boost your consumption of beans and vegetables by eating these foods at lunch time rather than just for dinner. Make it a goal to serve a vegetable every day for lunch and two for dinner. Plan a meal around a vegetable. A baked potato can be a hearty entree; serve it with baked beans, a sauce of stewed tomatoes or a few tablespoons of salsa. Or make a simple meal of sautéed vegetables and pasta.

Try new foods often. Experiment with a variety of grains such as quinoa, couscous, bulgur, barley, and wheat berries. Try fruits and vegetables that are popular in different international cuisines, such as bok choy. Accentuate the positive. Focus more on healthy foods that fit into a vegetarian plan instead of foods to avoid. If you’re unsure how to include a new food into your vegetarian diet, ask the produce manager at your local grocer or health food store for ideas on how to prepare it. The internet can be a great resource for new recipe and preparation ideas. But be sure that you’re building your menu on a strong plant food base. Make them the core of your diet.

Don’t stress about getting enough protein. As long as calories are sufficient and the diet is varied, vegetarians easily meet protein needs. Grains, beans, vegetables, and nuts all provide protein. Vegetarians do not need to eat special combinations of foods to meet protein needs. However, it is important to be aware of fat. Even vegetarians can get too much fat if the diet contains large amounts of nuts, oils, processed foods, or sweets.

– Wishing you continued success in your fitness journey!

What Type of Vegetarian are You?


Many people think of vegetarians as one homogeneous group that just doesn’t eat meat. But nothing could be further from the truth. There are different categories of vegetarians as diverse as the reasons for going vegetarian in the first place. Continue reading

Thе Fastest Wау Tо Lose Weight In 4 Weeks


For many of us, losing weight can be a lifelong struggle. Personally, I’ve tried so many different diet and exercise plans over the years. I had some success with some and others not so much. But how many of us really took the time to do the research to better understand how some foods impact our bodies and may be hindering our weight loss efforts. I know I didn’t until recently.

Check out the informative article below detailing a real life experience. Continue reading

Beachbody On Demand is here


Talk about convenience!  I am an active customer of Beachbody products and was very excited to see that you can now have unlimited access to scores of workouts whether you are home, on vacation, or just not able to get out.  There is truly no excuse for missing a workout.

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I’m turning into a Yogi!


I discovered yoga only a few months ago.  Sure, I’ve heard of it.  And yes, the celebrity blogs often capture Jennifer Anniston, Madonna, Gwyneyth Paltrow, Jessica Biel, and Gisele Bunchen (to name a few) strolling in and out of yoga studios with their yoga mats rolled up under their arms and wearing the latest in yoga fashion.    How about the insane poses that Hilaria Baldwin has frequently posted online.  But I have to admit, I completely underestimated how difficult it is, how much it can tone and strength your body, and how great it is for your mind and spirit. Continue reading

Tips to Get the Most Out of Yoga


Yoga postures and the practice of yoga can be beneficial to your mind, your muscles, and even internal functions like your digestive system. With so many benefits, it is no wonder that yogaís popularity is on the rise. Before you take it up, though, it is a good idea to have in mind the right information to help you succeed and get the most out of the experience. Take these yoga tips into account as you begin your physical, mental, and spiritual journey. Continue reading